Glass Armanica
by Arman Bohn
4.2 / 5     (32 votes)

Here is my initial version of the Glass Armanica VSTi.

It is a sample based recreation of Benjamin Franklin’s rubbed glass instrument known as the Glass Harmonica, Armonium, Hydrocrystalophone, or Armonica (whew!). I ended up changing the name to be more in line with the official name of Ben Franklin’s invention.

I originally planned to recreate all three octaves of the real instrument, but I ran out of sufficiently large wine glasses. If I come across any enormous goblets in the future I may release an enhanced version of the Glass Armanica.

The samples were created by filling wine glasses with water and tuning them with a chromatic tuner to the appropriate pitches (drop by drop). I used an Oktava MC-012 cardioid condenser microphone running into a Seventh Circle C84 Preamp.

  • A single octave octave of samples running from MIDI note 72 to 84 (Octave 6)
  • Amplitude ADSR controls
  • Velocity sensitivity
  • Reverb with width, size and mix controls
  • Hi-Cut and Master Volume controls


Guidc Aug 18 2020
(4 / 5)
Aug 18 2020
The note E of the scale is way less audible than the other notes, but it's a great plugin sound overall
Miek May 30 2020
May 30 2020
Mine is silent? That happen to anyone else?
(5 / 5)
Jan 24 2019
TeNaihi Jan 01 2019
Jan 01 2019
Really awesome, I needed another octave and I used a pitch shift envelope and I couldn't tell that I doped the pitch by and octave, maybe try cheating a little bit in the next update. Thanks a lot!
Jason Sept 04 2017
(4 / 5)
Sept 04 2017
Just one octave, but sounds quite beautiful. I'm sure if you want to get a few extra notes out of it, it won't sound too bad with some pitch shifting.
Anonymous Oct 07 2016
(3 / 5)
Oct 07 2016
Great audio quality and does exactly as advertised.
Anonymous Jul 10 2015
(3 / 5)
Jul 10 2015
The audio quality is superb, but because you only get one octave; don't expect to be able to use it much.
cormac brenock Jul 07 2015
(4 / 5)
Jul 07 2015
Love it, I can get great mood from it.
John Jan 14 2015
(5 / 5)
Jan 14 2015
Wow, I can even say it backwards, wow! Thanx!
Rob. Apr 24 2014
(5 / 5)
Apr 24 2014
1 nice spooky octave.
msea Aug 05 2013
Aug 05 2013
Interesting... Can do Brian Eno "music for airports" kinda stuff...
Lelere Aug 01 2013
Aug 01 2013
Not Bad, not awesome, but still nice. It's about the same sound it does when you move your finger around a glass
Calicoade Feb 20 2011
(5 / 5)
Feb 20 2011
Beautiful pure sound
ravnking5 Oct 27 2010
(5 / 5)
Oct 27 2010
It is compatible with LMMS and sounds great! :)
whatnot Sept 23 2010
(5 / 5)
Sept 23 2010
After generating an audio file from the MIDI output, I used Melodyne Editor to change the key signature. Sounds fantastic, thanks Arman!
Magpie Jan 05 2010
(4 / 5)
Jan 05 2010
There's only one octave, which limits you a little, but the sounds is beautiful!